The Dunedin Biodiversity Fund has opened its September applications. The Fund is designed to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems by encouraging and supporting landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity.

There is a total of $30,000 available in the form of grants on a 50:50 cost-sharing basis, between the landowner/applicant and the DCC. The maximum grant is $5,000 per project.

Past projects have included pest and weed control, fencing, restoration planting, track development, signage and the monitoring of species.

Applications, which will be considered by the Biodiversity Fund Subcommittee, close at 5pm on Monday 1 October. Contact the DCC on 477 4000.